Orangerie of Versailles (l’Orangerie de Versailles)
The Orangery at the Palace of Versailles (Orangerie de Versailles) ranks among the crowning achievements of architect Jules Hardouin-Mansart. Built between 1683 and 1685, the architectural jewel features a large gallery with vaulted ceilings, used to house citrus trees during the winter months. Several notable sculptures line the space.
The Orangery is divided into two main spaces: the building itself and the parterre (freely accessible from the Versailles gardens), where orange, palm, oleander, and pomegranate trees grow in containers along the grassy areas and circular pools. While the Orangery is included as part of admission to Versailles, it’s worth visiting the building and surrounding elaborate gardens with a guide to learn more about the UNESCO World Heritage Site and the historical events that took place here.
Things to Know Before You Go
The Orangery is one of the most architecturally significant parts of Versailles and a must-see for first-time visitors.
Remember to bring sun protection for exploring the gardens, as many areas lack sufficient shade.
Versailles and its gardens are among the most wheelchair- and stroller-friendly sites in France.
How to Get There
The Orangery is located just outside the west wing of the Palace of Versailles, between the South Parterre and the Swiss Lake. The closest train station to the palace is Versailles Château Rive Gauche.
When to Get There
The best time to enjoy the Orangery is during the warmer months, when the citrus trees are displayed outdoors and you can soak up the grandeur of the building itself. The palace is closed Mondays. Expect crowds on Tuesdays and weekends, especially during summer.
The Orangery Collection
During the reign of King Louis XIV, citrus trees were brought in from throughout Italy, Spain, and Portugal, many offered as gifts to the king. In the haste to get them to the palace, many of the trees died en route, but that didn’t stop the French monarch from amassing Europe’s largest collection of orange trees.
- King’s State Apartment (Grand Appartement du Roi)
- Versailles Royal Chapel (La Chapelle Royale)
- Versailles Fountains (Les Fontaines)
- Hall of Mirrors (Galerie des Glaces)
- Grand Trianon
- Marie-Antoinette's Estate
- Scent Courtyard (Cour des Senteurs)
- Versailles Gardens (Jardins de Versailles)
- Royal Opera of Versailles (L'Opéra Royal du Château de Versailles)
- Grand Canal
- Neptune Fountain (Bassin de Neptune)
- Academy of Equestrian Arts